Microsoft to supercharge Windows 10 PowerToys with new plugin manager

Windows 10 PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys – a collection of useful tools and
utilities for Windows 10 – is getting another big update soon.
According to the roadmap, Microsoft is working on a new plugin
manager for PowerToys Run, which is an app launcher and
replacement for Windows Search.

Microsoft has been working on PowerToys Run search experience
for a while now and it’s set to get better in the next release
with support for built-in plugin manager. For those unaware,
PowerToys Run is a feature included with PowerToys and it aims
to replace the Win+R shortcut for power users.

PowerToys Run brings with it a Spotlight-like lightweight
search experience that is found on Mac and it also comes with
support for ‘plugins’ to enable support for additional features
in the search screen.

PowerToys Run
PowerToys Run search screen

Microsoft is now working
on a new plugin manager that you can use to quickly enhance the
capabilities of the search experience.

In another update, which is currently available for download,
Microsoft finally added support for additional plugins. One of
the new plugins is ‘Registry plugin’, which lets you instantly
search for main registry keys, as shown in the screenshot
below.

Registry search

Likewise, Microsoft is also introducing a plugin called
‘Services’.

PowerToys Run search

This plugin allows you to search, start, stop and restart
Windows services directly from the PowerToys Run search screen.

How to test the new PowerToys Run plugins

To test the new PowerToys Run and its plugins, simply head to
the Github
release page and download the installer.

PowerToys installer
Image Courtesy: GitHub

Once done, follow the on-screen instructions and you’ll be able
to access the new search experience with Alt + Space keyboard
shortcut.

Other improvements coming to PowerToys

According to the roadmap,
there are a bunch of other improvements coming to Windows 10
PowerToys. For example, PowerToys is said to be getting a
new tool that will allow you to paste text without formatting.

Similarly, another upcoming tool will allow you to record the
screen and create a GIF or video.

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